One of my favorite movies when I was a kid, and for years afterwards, is Pollyanna with Hayley Mills. This story seems to stress an appreciation for the basics...
- a home
- a room of one's own and a bed
- good food
- being able to love and be loved
- family or finding family
- helping others
- an experience of community
- personal growth
- positive thinking
- and gratitude for what you have
Pollyanna is also a great teaching tool for introducing children to the concept of gratitude and positive thinking. Viewing the film or reading the book as a family, provides a wonderful springboard for conversation.
Pollyanna, the movie with Hayley Mills
Pollyanna, the book by Eleanor H. Porter